President of the Palestinian Authority  Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) shakes hands with   South African president Jacob Zuma yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa.  The European Parliament will vote on a resolution to recognise the state of Palestine at its plenary session next month.  Photograph: Thaer Ganaim/PPO via Getty Images

Vote delayed amid MEP divisions over the wording of possible resolution

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker talks to MEPs before his speech about the jobs, growth and investment package at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

European Commission investment marks shift in EU approach to investment and funding

European Commission President, Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker (C) talks to Members of the European Parliament as he arrives to address the European Parliament.

€315bn programme aims to ‘breathe new life’ into EU states

Pope Francis greets Helma Schmidt, (right) who was his host during his stay in Germany in 1985, and European Parliament president Martin Schulz at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/EPA

Pope’s address to MEPs highlights change to ‘less Eurocentric’ world

Pope Francis arrives to address European Parliament  in Strasbourg. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Pontiff calls on European Parliament to ‘keep democracy alive’

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: “I’m not against tax competition. I’m against unfair tax competition, however. My commission will work flat out to combat that.” Photograph: Paul Matthews/G20 Australia via Getty Images

European Commission to work to combat unfair tax competition, says president

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom,  who flies to Washington for talks on December 9th, amid concern about Washington’s commitment to concluding the negotiations before the next US election. Photograph: PA

Government research estimates Irish exports could be boosted by 2.7% with US trade agreement

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton is seeking clarity on EU-US trade deal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership expected to boost EU growth

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton: says water charges avoided ‘having to put more taxes on work at a time when we are trying to create employment’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Enterprise says water charges fairer than raising money via income tax

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